A terrific opportunity came my way recently when friends from Chicago – Jason Paul Smith and Rob Dorn of Three Cat Productions – contacted me about contributing music to their indiegogo video which raised funds in support of new productions in the windy city. I composed a few snippets to accompany a slide-show styled presentation. It was a fun little project and Jason loved the music. He then asked me to compose cues for Joint Attention, a play about a mom and dad confronting their son’s autism diagnosis. I took the 10-second snippet I’d written for the video and composed to it and from it, creating Claire’s Waltz and then Dave’s Lament (which sets Claire’s more classical themes in a melancholy ballad with jazzy voicings). One Chicago critic did take notice of the music in the play and called it “lovely.” If you’re going to get just one adjective in a review, that will do very nicely. Both tunes are available as downloadable sheet music in the DSMS Store and you can hear MIDI recordings of the tunes on the DSMS Transcription and Arranging page.This was a first but it’s definitely not the last. I’ll be composing and arranging music for another Three Cat production called Hang Your Hat at Mister K’s. I’m off to Chicago next week to see Joint Attention and to begin work on the new show. I’m stoked!